Al Fresco Dining – Eating Outdoors is So In

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Posted August 6, 2014 by Cheryl Fenton in Eat & Drink
Zo Outdoor Dining

Courtyards, sidewalks, patios, roofdecks. Let’s face it, a coveted spot dining outdoors has a draw unlike any other. The vibe of summer it symbolizes is infectious. Check out these three downtown Boston must-visits where all the cool kids hang to nosh al fresco.

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Zo (3 Center Plaza, 617-227-0707): When owner Andy Kolokythas visited Greece and feasted on some of the most authentic gyros he had ever had, he made it his mission to open up the Boston area to these tasty treats. Mission accomplished. Thank you. Whether you can pronounce the sandwich’s name correctly or not, these gyros are authentic as you can get. Zo’s are proper chunks of either marinated chicken or 100% lean pork sliced off of a vertical rotisserie, dripping with juicy flavor. They’re wrapped nice and cozy in warm flatbread with tzatziki sauce. Wipe your mouth, please. They also have spanakopita, salads and a tuna pita wrap that is zo good. Although their Faneuil Hall location has obvious outdoor seating that is catch-as-catch-can, their Government Center location has dedicated seating for 40 people outside in a lively courtyard. Want to get serious about your outdoor dining? Hit Zo on the Go, the restaurant’s beloved food truck on the Greenway by Rose Wharf Tuesdays and Thursdays. This way you can grab a seat along the waterfront. Oh, one last thing – it’s pronounced “hee-roh”.

Society on High (99 High Street, 857-350-4555): You’re so fancy, Iggy Azalea has nothing on you. So take your fancy self to this chic modern bistro and sit on woven patio chairs among lush palm trees and creeping vines draped on stately trellises. Order a creative cocktail, perhaps an Angry Margarita, Cuke-Kiwi Mojito or one of their three Mule options, and bask in the outdoor glory. The restaurant’s interior of stylish mirrors, leather banquettes and a giant curved bar is worth a glimpse, but the alluring outdoor dining area is where it’s at. A Financial District newbie, Society on High is the latest from Ian Just (of Les Zygomates and Sorriso fame). With executive chef Brian Benton at the helm, you’ll fine dine on dishes including Grilled Colorado Lamb, Housemade Gnocchi or Shrimp Risotto. What’s your pleasure – sun or shade? The patio has both.

Palm Outdoor Dining

The glass enclosed outdoor dining space at the Palm.

The Palm (One International Place, Lobby Level, 617-867-9292): It’s like a terrarium for Boston’s hip and trendy. The glass-enclosed and teak-floored patio of the new Palm Boston boasts retractable walls and overlooks the Evelyn Moakley Bridge, the Greenway and the mouth of the Seaport District. Specializing in steak and seafood, dine on prime aged beef and jumbo Nova Scotia lobsters. There are also obvious nods to the original owners Pio Bozzi and John Ganzi’s Italian heritage with dishes such as Chicken Parmigiana and Veal Martini. Of course the inside is just like all the other fabulous Palms, full of fun and fancy cartoonists’ work and sketches of famous patrons, but you can make plenty of your own smiles sitting out in the sunshine or under the stars.

So what’s stopping you? Whether you just want to soak up the last warm nights before temps drop or you crave the see-and-be-seen status, there are tons of patio dining options in downtown Boston.


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